POWER AND JOBS ARE GIVEN AWAY.
A guest post from Willie Hutchison Without wishing to over simplify messages are by and large more effective when they are simple. Thus for example the yesterday year campaign of “….it’s Scotland’s oil “ resonated with many folk. Moving back to the future there are today many very similar messages to be communicated. Messages suchContinue reading "POWER AND JOBS ARE GIVEN AWAY."
A guest post from Willie Hutchison
Without wishing to over simplify messages are by and large more effective when they are simple. Thus for example the yesterday year campaign of “….it’s Scotland’s oil “ resonated with many folk.
Moving back to the future there are today many very similar messages to be communicated. Messages such as “ …. It’s Scotland’s Right to Choose “ very much resonates with the simple proposition that it is not for a hostile England to say when or even if people can choose. And of course for folks looking deeper this is aside of the natural law the rights of choice embodied via the Claim of Rights and Treaty of Union.
Fostering a mass headline recognition of it being Scotland’s right to choose is I believe an absolutely powerful message.
But that is only one message. There are others that will resonate. It’s Scotland’s Wind is another headline message of huge significance. At a time when our population is being absolutely crippled in trying to heat and light their homes, we have the absolute injustice of an energy famine in a country endowed with renewable energy both wind, hydro ( and oil and gas too )
Energy starvation in a land of plenty. Exported for big profits and for someone else’s profit has to be a message.
Or what of a message about “ …Built in Scotland – why not ? “. Scotland is being turned into one huge off shore wind generator. But where is the kit being built? SeaGreen as an example is a huge offshore wind farm off the coast of Angus. Requiring 114 huge jackets these massive structures are being built not in Scotland but in Dubai ( 30 ) and yards in China ( 84 ) Meanwhile the yards that could and should have built them, like the BIFAB yard in Fife lie idle and the work goes elsewhere. At least in the hay day of oil, Scotland built the rigs.
SSE, owned by the international conglomerate OVO would not give the work to BIFAB, and by all accounts bankrupted the BIFAB yard which had invested specifically to build jackets.
But the £4.3 billion SeaGreen project is but only one example of something that should have been built in Scotland not being built in Scotland. Well done Dubai, well done China, and well done Scottish and Southern Electric. Power from the Glens, for the Glens – no chance.
And talking of glens how many are aware of the huge project to double, yes double, the entire UK’s pump storage. Where is this being built, what part of Great Britain, and only part of Britain save for a bit of North Wales, has the natural geology to create this massive water battery. Yes, if you have guessed right it is the Great Glen in the Highlands. And the benefit to Scotland, well yes they be local jobs, but who will own the scheme, make huge profit from the scheme. And with tenders having been called for the main packages of Civil works and Generation works can anyone guess where the tendering main contractors
Power from the Glens and not from the Glens. It’s got a certain ring to it. Scotland, one big batter case that keeps on giving, giving away. Am Georta Mor all over again.
Or what about the three highest per capita electricity consuming countries in the world. Using 2020 figures –
– Iceland (56.828 kW hours )
– Norway (26.492 kW hours )
– Qatar ( 16.656 kW hours)
Notice anything about these three companies 1, 2 and 3 in the world. Yes they are all small countries, hugely endowed with natural resources. Oh how the Scottish pedantry must laugh. Scotland as a nation per capita burns about 4.2 kWh – and for how much do we pay for that?
Maybe we should re-do the painting of an old broken Highlander on his donkey being cleared from his land. We could show him in today’s setting but with wind turbines all around him, and the glens full of hydro schemes.
And so, without over simplification, there are key messages that should be going out. And there are many more messages too. It doesn’t have to be like this.
My thanks to Willie for these comments. Willie communicates with me regularly and he has been monitoring these issues for some time, particularly the sourcing issues in relation to all the engineering and manufacture going to foreign companies. He is right we seem to be restricted to supplying the energy resources but being excluded from all the wealth it generates. We are a colony and we are being ruthlessly exploited by our neighbour. Meanwhile the Scottish Government collaborates!
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